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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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The New Transcriptions
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The Roots Of Robert Johnson
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Delta Blues Guitar
The Mississippi Delta of the 1920s-1940s was a treasure chest of powerful blues performances. For the intermediate guitarist.
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101 Mississippi Delta Blues Cotton Picking Guitar Licks
This superb fingerpicking reference book features 101 authentic, traditional blues fingerstyle licks for guitar. The goldmine of licks is divided into the following categories: Four-beat licks; Eight-beat licks; Introductions and turnarounds. The licks are written in both standard notation and guitar tablature, and recorded at a moderate speed on the companion CD.
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The Power Of The Delta Blues Guitar Volume 1
Rory Block dissects and teaches a breathtaking set of key Delta Blues performances, including the rhythmic pounding of Charlie Patton, the fingerpicking style of Tommy Johnson and the slide/open-tuning sounds of the great Robert Johnson.
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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol 2
On Rory Block's second installment into the great blues artist's legacy, she provides complete note-by-note, lick-by-lick instruction for three of his most powerful songs: Cross Road Blues * Ramblin' on My Mind * and Hellhound on My Trail.
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Robert Johnson - Signature licks
This lesson demonstrates the techniques Johnson used to create his remarkable guitar parts for 7 songs.
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